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Royal Mail Plc LSE:RMG London Ordinary Share GB00BDVZYZ77 Royal Mail Plc
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  8.10 1.94% 425.10 427.10 427.30 428.20 417.00 418.10 2,563,983 16:35:27
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Industrial Transportation 12,638.0 726.0 62.0 6.9 4,251

Royal Mail PLC Agreement reached with CWU and recent trading

22/12/2020 12:00pm

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Royal Mail PLC

22 December 2020

Royal Mail plc

(Incorporated in England and Wales)

Company Number: 8680755

LSE Share Code: RMG

ISIN: GB00BDVZYZ77

LEI: 213800TCZZU84G8Z2M70

Royal Mail plc

22 December 2020

ROYAL MAIL plc: FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT REACHED WITH CWU AND TRADING UPDATE

Royal Mail (RMG.L) is today providing further detail on the framework agreement reached with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on the strategy and future direction of Royal Mail, operational change, pay and job security.

Royal Mail and CWU have committed to rebalance our focus and resources from the declining letters to the rapidly growing parcels market, creating a more efficient business that is better aligned to the changing needs of customers. Both parties recognise this will require new ways of working, a more flexible business, greater use of technology and the insight of our workforce. This will also provide both job security and job opportunities for the future.

Focus on swifter change

The agreement will allow Royal Mail to make more frequent revisions to the network and introduce the use of technology to improve both customer service and efficiency. Deployment of revisions and realignment activity is planned for all operational areas by the end of October 2021, with annual revisions thereafter. The introduction of technology will replace handwritten manual sign-in / sign-out and provide more meaningful data to enable a more efficient service to customers.

There will also be a revised and quicker dispute resolution process to enable agreement on change to happen more quickly.

Strategy and future direction of Royal Mail

A review of the operational network will conclude by April 2021 to support and build on proposals for the parcel network, maintain an efficient letters operation and prioritise investment for further expansion. This will include how we launch and operate our new parcel hubs and the introduction of dedicated van delivery duties for parcels, as well as exploring the opportunity for more frequent deliveries throughout the week.

Commenting on the agreement, Interim Executive Chairman Keith Williams said:

"We have a window of opportunity to focus Royal Mail on what our customers want today - an ever growing need for more parcels, whilst providing a sustainable letters service. This agreement provides a framework to do just that, but the proof will be in the pudding. We have been far too slow to adapt in the past and now need to deliver change much more quickly."

The key initiatives in the agreement are:

-- The roll out of scan in, scan out technology: new scan in, scan out equipment (Auto Hours Data Capture) will be introduced in all sites commencing January 2021 to replace handwritten sign in sheets. This will create a safer working environment and help us understand where we have opportunities to align resources more closely to demand.

-- More regular revisions : rapidly changing letter and parcel volumes mean we need to adjust our operations more regularly. We will develop and implement a new, simplified revision process in delivery and ensure that each function rebalances and realigns resources to workload, and workload is allocated fairly. These revisions will be deployed starting Q4 2020-21.

-- Development of Resource Scheduler: a three-month trial will restart in February 2021. Resource Scheduler draws together data from across the operation to enable better alignment of duty sets and rosters to demand. Assuming a successful trial outcome we will then begin deployment.

-- Nationally consistent standards to improve productivity: Royal Mail and CWU will work together to implement efficient ways of working to raise overall standards across the operation based on an agreed measure and standard of productivity.

Pay and job security

We are committed to remaining the best employer in our industry. Subject to ratification by CWU members, we have agreed the following two year pay deal for CWU colleagues:

   --     2.7% pay increase effective from April 2020; and 
   --     A further pay increase of 1% with effect from April 2021; and 

-- The second hour of the shorter working week to be implemented at the point that the 2021 programme of revision activity is deployed in a function/unit and no later than the end of October 2021.

We now need to work together with CWU to implement the changes we need, in order to capitalise on the significant growth we have seen in parcels so far this year. We continue to work with CWU to operationalise and finalise the detail on many aspects of this agreement.

Following the recent vote in favour by the CWU Postal Executive, CWU will now put the final deal to a vote of its members. We will provide a further update in due course.

Trading update: 8 months to November 2020

We have continued to see strong parcel growth during October and November. In Royal Mail, revenue in the eight months to November was GBP380 million higher compared to the same period last year, again driven by e-commerce activity, lockdown restrictions during November and the beginning of peak period.

In GLS, revenue in the eight months to November grew by 21.9%, driven by continued growth in B2C and international volumes, including some positive impacts on volume from new lockdown restrictions across our footprint.

A trading update covering the nine months ending 27 December 2020 is expected to be issued in February 2021.

Enquiries:

Investor Relations

John Crosse

Phone: 07483 390 957

Email: investorrelations@royalmail.com

Royal Mail investor relations line: 020 7449 8183

Media Relations

Mark Street

Phone: 07515 924 344

Email: mark.street@royalmail.com

Royal Mail press office out of hours: 020 7449 8246

Company Secretary

Mark Amsden

Phone: 020 7449 8289

Email: cosec@royalmail.com

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Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the Group's actual financial condition, performance and results to differ materially from the plans, goals, objectives and expectations set out in the forward-looking statements included in this document.

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